A Brief History of Cocaine by Steven B. Karch

By Steven B. Karch

A short heritage of Cocaine is a completely researched, interesting account of the function cocaine has performed in around the globe background, politics, economics, and technology. go back and forth with bestselling writer Steven B. Karch as he lines the trail of cocaine from the coca funds vegetation of Spain to the distinguished pharmaceutical homes of Amsterdam into the banking of Japan. find out about experimentation with the drug during the centuries, together with the paintings of Sigmund Freud, who prompt that cocaine be used to regard morphine habit. become aware of how cocaine has been grown, subtle, disbursed, and abused worldwide for 4 centuries. ultimately, comprehend why the cocaine alternate continues to be a thriving company regardless of executive legislation. a vital research of an age-old challenge, a short historical past of Cocaine areas the "war on drugs" in its old context and predicts if we're destined to lose.

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Metcalf ’s Coca Wine sold for $1 a bottle. With stimulating and anodyne properties combined, Metcalf ’s Coca Wine acts without deliberating, being always uniform and therefore always reliable. For Athletes it is invaluable in imparting energy and resisting fatigue; Public Speakers and Singers find it indispensable as a “Voice Tonic,” because being a “tensor” of the vocal chords, it greatly strengthens and increases the volume of the voice; and to the elderly it is a dependable aphrodisiac, superior to any other drug.

Other than the fact that Niemann earned his doctorate by isolating cocaine from coca leaves, and that he carried out the work under Wöhler’s guidance, not much is known about him. His thesis was reprinted in a number of journals, and readers in the United States were able to see it in 1861, when the American Journal of Pharmacy printed an abridged translation. Niemann died shortly after his thesis was published. The cause is not known. His discovery was greeted with modest enthusiasm, but 10 years went by before anyone bothered to confirm his observation that cocaine crystals made the tongue numb, and almost a quarter of a century elapsed before Karl Koller discovered that cocaine was an effective local anesthetic.

Advertisements for Metcalf ’s Coca Wine were typical. Metcalf ’s Coca Wine sold for $1 a bottle. With stimulating and anodyne properties combined, Metcalf ’s Coca Wine acts without deliberating, being always uniform and therefore always reliable. For Athletes it is invaluable in imparting energy and resisting fatigue; Public Speakers and Singers find it indispensable as a “Voice Tonic,” because being a “tensor” of the vocal chords, it greatly strengthens and increases the volume of the voice; and to the elderly it is a dependable aphrodisiac, superior to any other drug.

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